Star Alliance partners Lufthansa, Swiss, Edelweiss, and Austrian Airlines are currently offering quite cheap flights to Bangkok and Phuket. Prices to these Thai cities start at only £390 (~€439). While you may think that this is a price that doesn’t sound all too spectacular, we can prove otherwise. This is the decisive detail: These are Economy Flex fares, that not only include a piece of luggage but are also fully refundable. Especially in these times, that’s a great benefit. Should you, however, really not want a piece of luggage and flexibility, you could also fly to Bangkok on a Light fare for only £355 (~€399).
Worldwide travel restrictions are in place to slow the spread of Covid-19. We strongly recommend gathering detailed information about the travel and quarantine restrictions that apply to your desired origin and destination.
A good start is the International Air Transport Association (IATA) website. It provides current updates on a country’s immigration policies. Even better, the Covid-19 Travel Regulations Map is one of the most useful tools you can find.
Austrian Airlines flies via Vienna and Swiss flies via Zurich. Lufthansa will fly from Frankfurt. All flights are to Bangkok. Should your final destination be Phuket, you’ll be flown there from Bangkok with Bangkok Airways or directly from Zurich with Swiss’ subsidiary Edelweiss.
No matter which airline combination you select, these tickets include eJournals, a meal, and beverages. They also include 1 piece of checked luggage of 23 kg and 1 carry-on of up to 8 kg.
By the way, this isn’t our only economy class deal from London:
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This deal expires on January 13, 2021. You need to begin your trip before November 30, 2021, and respect the minimum stay requirement of 10 days. Simply use our availability calendar above to be redirected to Lufthansa’s booking site. Alternatively, you can also check for availability on Google Flights.
Why is booking with an airline better than with an online travel agency?
More often than not, online travel agencies offer lower fares than airlines do. We still recommend booking with the airlines directly. There are three main reasons for that:
- The Covid-19 Pandemic
During the worldwide outbreak of Covid-19, planning international travel got more and more risky because of ever-changing restrictions. In contrast to many online travel agencies, most airlines modified their terms & conditions to become more customer friendly. Rebooking conditions are eased, change fees are waived and cancellations are much easier when there is no third party involved.
Further, by adding an OTA to your plans, you increase the risk of one service provider involved going bankrupt. Now, the airline and the online travel agency involved could vanish along with your money.
- Better Customer Service
In case any problems like delays, cancellations or missed connections arise, you can communicate directly with the airline. The airlines has to take care of you because you have a contract with them.
If a travel agency issues your ticket, you may have to reach out to them first. You also depend on your OTA to forward you information like flight changes instead receiving them directly from the airline. You may get a prime exhibition of responsibility shifting rather than problem solving.
This especially applies for premium tickets. You don’t want to spend more than €1,000 to wind up with some budget OTA’s telephone hotline in case anything goes wrong.
- Baggage Fees
Economy fares not including hold luggage are more and more common. In most cases, travel agencies charge much higher baggage fees than the airlines themselves. If bags are not included in your fare, airlines are often the cheaper alternative.
The Star Alliance airlines issue their tickets in booking class K. To give you an example, a roundtrip to Bangkok with SWISS via Zurich should get you:
- 12,230 on Air Malta
- 3,670 on ANA Mileage Club
- 3,210 on Turkish Airlines Miles&Smiles
- 3,110 on SAS EuroBonus
- 3,060 on Miles & More
- 3,050 on Ethiopian ShebaMiles
- 3,050 on EgyptAir Plus
- 3,050 on United MileagePlus
Be careful when selecting flights with Edelweiss, as Edelweiss is officially not a Star Alliance member.
Information & Tips for Thailand
Thailand is an increasingly popular holiday destination for Europeans – both beach and party tourists get their money’s worth in the South Asian tropical state.
Whether Bangkok, Koh Samui or Phuket, Thailand offers multi-faceted cities and quiet beaches. Also, the country is always easy to reach from Europe. Especially to Bangkok, there is almost always at least a good deal!
Best Time to Visit
While hot summer temperatures prevail the whole year long in tropical Thailand, the best travel time is definitely the winter from November to February. Thanks to the northwest monsoon it doesn’t get warmer than 33 degrees. In summer the temperatures can quickly reach 40 degrees. The rainy season also starts in June and will last until October – high humidity is what you’ll have to prepare for!
Entry & Visa
Most EU citizens do not need a visa for stays up to a length of 30 days. The entry permit can be extended by another 30 days before expiration by local immigration authorities.
The national currency of Thailand is the Baht (THB) which is divided into Satang. One Euro is about 40 THB.
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